Post-Event Recap – Island Open at Dolphin Head

Murata Makes his Mark; Wins Island Open
Murata goes wire-to-wire for 1st place, and first victory of season

Hilton Head Island, SC: The International Junior Golf Tour hosted the Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club over the weekend. Coming out on top of the 36-hole competition is Kotaro Murata, who is a native of Matsuyama, Japan put together a stellar weekend on the course with scores of 69 and 71 for a 140 total. Marc Groenhuysen captures second place after a solid weekend with a 143 total. Sharing a tie for third place is Luis Martinez and Felix Van Kleef. Both finished with a total score of 146, Martinez shot scores of 77 and 69, while Van Kleef ended the weekend with scores of 74 and 72.

For the Girls Division, Sissi Wang captured her first victory of the Fall campaign after a weekend with scores of 80 and 77. Following her in second-place is One Kashima, who finished the weekend shooting an 82 and 84 respectively. Tying in third place is Stephania Vargas and Maria Fedorowycz. Vargas ended the weekend with scores of 89 and 83, while Fedorowycz tallied scores of 84 and 88, a total score of 172.

Click here to see all the photos from this weekend on our Facebook page.

The IJGT will return to action next weekend with hosting the Disney Classic at the Disney Resort-Palm Course on November 11-12. Players wishing to register for this event can do so before this Wednesday at 5:00 PM EST, click here to sign up.

Post Event Recap – Faldo Series New Jersey Championship

Gaines Continues Winning Ways; Takes First Place at The Architects


Jairus Gaines (Baltimore, MD) clinches his second win of the season and is looking forward to the  Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.

Lopatcang, NJ: The International Junior Golf Tour continued its Fall campaign and concluded its final qualifier for the upcoming Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final, with the New Jersey Championship at The Architects Golf Club. Jairus Gaines, a 2018 grad from Baltimore, MD clinched first-place after the 36-hole tournament; his second win of the Fall season. Gaines put together scores of 71 and 73, for a 144 total, 2-over Par.


In second-place for the weekend is Luke Sample. The New York native stormed back Sunday with a low round of 69, going with his opening round of 76 for a total of 145. In a two-way tie for third-place are Jeremy Summerson and Andrew Perry. Summerson, of Victor, NY finished the weekend with scores of 75 and 74, while Perry put together rounds of 73 and 76, totaling their scores for 149, 7-over Par.


Over in the Girls Division, Inseo Huh, a 2020 graduate put together a solid weekend earning herself both the weekend victory, and qualifying for the Faldo Series Grand Final. Huh, a resident of Closter, NJ finished with a total score of 161, with scores of 79 and 82 for the weekend. Coming in second-place is Maya Torpey of Malvern, PA. The 2019 graduate opened the weekend with an 84, followed by a score of 80 for the final round. Finishing in third-place is Amisha Kalra, of Short Hills, NJ. Kalra finished the weekend with scores of 90 and 92, for a total of 182.

 

Click here for the full leaderboard from the weekend.

While the Faldo Series US Grand Final will take place Thanksgiving weekend, the IJGT continues its string of events next weekend in Hilton Head, SC, with the playing of the Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club. To register for this event, or learn more about the IJGT and Faldo Series, please visit IJGT.com

College Placement Seminar at The Architects

This weekend, IJGT is hosting the Faldo Series New Jersey Championship at The Architects in Lopatcong, NJ. Along with the 2-day tournament, we are going to have a short presentation on College Golf and the recruiting process, where players can get valuable information on the recruiting process and have their questions answered on how to get a college golf scholarship.

Our speaker, John Brown, is a New Jersey native who for over 30 years has been a mover and shaker in the golf industry. John was a collegiate head coach for 12 years at Dickinson and Lafayette College, and is now working to help junior golfers find their college homes with the International Junior Golf Tour and the International Junior Golf Academy. As a head coach, he won the NCAA Eastern Region Coach of the Year.

John Brown is also a PGA Master Professional, two-time PGA Section Junior Golf Leader of the Year, and serves on the PGA’s Strategic Direction Planning Symposium. He has been featured in PGA Magazine and was on the cover of Golf Business Magazine.

This is a great opportunity to gain insight into the recruiting process and the steps it takes to earn a college golf scholarship by presenting yourself to coaches in the right way.

John will be speaking immediately following Round 1 of the event. You can register here:

https://bluegolf.ijgt.com/bluegolf/ijgt18/event/ijgt189/index.htm

This is also the final qualifying event for the first ever Faldo Series US Grand Final at Bella Collina. The top five players in Boys and Girls U16 & U18 Age Divisions will earn their spot at the 3-day event in Montverde, FL. Not only is this an historic event (the first Faldo Series Grand Final opportunity for domestic junior golfers) but winners of the event will qualify for the 2018 Faldo Series Asia Grand Final. The event will kick off Wednesday night with a banquet hosted by Sir Nick Faldo including a Question & Answer for players and the major champion himself.

Click here to learn more about the Faldo Series US Grand Final.

If you have any questions or issues registering, email info@ijgt.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Post Event Recap – New Jersey Shootout at The Ridge

O’Neill Leads Start to Finish; Wins New Jersey Shootout

New Jersey native claims First-Place at The Ridge at Back Brook

Ringoes, NJ: The International Junior Golf Tour returned to The Ridge at Back Brook for the New Jersey Shootout this past weekend. William O’Neill, the resident of nearby Morristown, NJ, earned 1st with his total finish of 153, 9-over par. The 2018 graduate finished with an opening round of 77, followed by a 76 during his final round to claim victory.

Coming in 2nd place is Matt Karrat of Chatham, NJ. Karrat put together a total score of 157, 13-over par after his rounds of 78 and 79. Finishing in 3rd place is Patrick Laushell of Morrisville, PA who tallied a final score of 158. He opened with an 80 during the first round, followed by a 78 on Sunday afternoon.

Click here for the Boys Division leaderboard.

For the Girls Division, Marlene Tartaro put together a final round of 78 and surged her way to victory on Sunday. Tartaro, from Warren, NJ, trailed by four strokes off the lead coming into Sunday after an 88 for her opening-round. Her impressive round Sunday gave her a total score of 166. Finishing in 2nd place is Hartley Zook of Flemington, NJ. Zook finished the weekend with scores of 84 and 88, a total of 172.

The IJGT will return to the Northeast on October 28-29, with the playing of the Faldo Series New Jersey Championship at The Architects Golf Club. This will be the final qualifier for the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final in November. Click here to learn more about IJGT’s partnership with the Faldo Series, or click here to register for the New Jersey qualifier.

Post Event Recap – Faldo Series South Carolina Championship

PARRIS ISLAND, SC: After two days of competition at The Legends Golf Course at Parris Island, Will Parker, Kotara Murata and Jack Tucker were tied at 2-under-par. On the second hole of sudden death play-off between the tree, Parker made a birdie putt to win the tournament. Murata made par to clinch second place, and Tucker took third in the Boys Division.

Click here for the full leaderboard for the Boys Division.

Over the two days at Parris Island, Parker beat the course and the conditions he was facing. He came in as the clubhouse leader after Round 1, shooting a nice little 4-under-par 68 to lead by two strokes. By the time the final group of boys came in it was all tied up and the entire field came out to watch the three battle it out in extra holes.

Check out Will Parker’s interview after Round 1:

In the Girls Division, Fabienne van Kleef (Starnberg, Germany) took home the championship after shooting 73-78-151. In a tight leaderboard situation, Ying-Ting Hsieh took second place shooting a two-day total of 152, followed by Haruka Shintani who shot a two-day total of 153. van Kleef made her first IJGT appearance at Parris Island this weekend, and is one of our younger players, a member of the graduating class of 2020.

This was Fabienne’s first event on the International Junior Golf Tour and she truly shined throughout the event. After she shot a one-over-par score of 73 in Round 1, she came off the course just glowing from having so much fun on the course. In her speech she gave after winning, she thanked not only her coaches and all the usual people winners thank, but also the girls she played with reiterating how much fun she had.

Click here for the full leaderboard for the Girls Division.

Through this event, 5 players from each of the Faldo Series’ U16 and U18 Divisions in both Boys and Girls qualified for the Faldo Series US Grand Final that will be held November 23-25 at Bella Collina in Monteverde, FL. Click here for more information on the event.

Golfers born in 1999 or later wishing to enter a 2017 Faldo Series North American event, visit here or email hope.arent@ijgt.com.  We will have one more qualifying championship, The Faldo Series New Jersey Championship, October 28-29 at The Architects in Lopatcong, NJ. Click here to register now.

For more information on the IJGT Faldo Series North America Series, please visit www.ijgt.com/faldoseries.

The IJGT will host the Central Florida Classic at Disney’s Lake Buena Vista next weekend, October 7-8. Players wishing to register can do so before this Wednesday at 5:00 PM EST by clicking here. Through this event, the winners from each of the Boys and Girls Divisions will qualify for the US Grand Final at Bella Collina.

 

Post Tournament Recap – Florida Junior at Falcon’s Fire

This past weekend, Falcon’s Fire Golf Club in Kissimmee, FL hosted the IJGT’s Florida Junior. Luis Martinez, a member of the International Junior Golf Academy’s Class of 2018 from Caracus, Venezuela, took home 1st place in the Boys Division after a 3-way sudden death playoff. Coming in behind Martinez, were Greg Shen and Diego Cordova. All three players shot +1 over par over two days to make it into the play off.

Click here to see the final leaderboard for the Boys Division.

In the Girls Division, the IJGT 2016-2017 Play of the Year, Ying-Ting Hsieh, a junior at Bishops Gate Golf Academy from Taiwan, shot 75-74 (+4) to remain dominant in the division as she returned to the field to launch her fall season. Coming in second, Chiara Arya, another BGGA student, shot 75-77, followed by third place winner Yoko Tai who shot 79-75.

Click here to see the final leaderboard for the Girls Division.

IJGT returns to the Lowcountry for the first time this fall next weekend, hosting the Faldo Series South Carolina Championship at The Legends Golf Course at Parris Island this coming weekend, September 30-October 1. This weekend, the top-5 players in the Boys and Girls Divisions in the relative U16 and U18 Categories will qualify for the first ever Faldo Series US Grand Final at Bella Collina, November 23-25.

To learn more about the Faldo Series South Carolina Championship, click here.

Note: You must be a Birdie or Eagle Member to be eligible to qualify for the Faldo Series US Grand Final. The Faldo Series US Grand Final Age Division subcategories are divided by Boys and Girls Division, and based on junior golfer’s age as of January 1, 2017.

Faldo Series Pennsylvania Championship Recap

This past weekend, the International Junior Golf Tour began another season at the Hershey Country Club for the Faldo Series Pennsylvania Championship. The recent partnership between the International Junior Golf Tour and the Faldo Series marks the first ever Faldo Series U.S. Qualifier, where the winners earn an invitation to the U.S. Final to be held during Thanksgiving weekend at Bella Collina Golf Resort. Hershey Country Club once again proved to be a great venue for the holiday weekend, as juniors also competed for AJGA Performance Stars, National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

The Boys 15-19 Division with loaded with superb, young talent including the reigning tour Player of the Year for the International Junior Golf Tour, Luke Sample. Headed into the final round Sunday, the leader only had a one stroke advantage on the second-place competitor which made for an exciting Sunday morning.

However, after two consistent, solid rounds, Jairus Gaines held his lead and went wire-to-wire to earn to first-place finish. Gaines, of nearby Baltimore, M.D., put together scores of 73 and 70 to net a 143 finish. After earning his big victory, Gaines attributed his consistent and steady play to claiming victory.

 

“Being able to persevere and stay steady was the key,” Gaines stated following the tournament. “I just wanted to keep the same tactic and strategy, taking it one shot at a time and not try to overthink anything and just one shot after the other.”

Gaines becomes the winner of the first Faldo Series U.S. Qualifier and will receive and invitation to the U.S. Final, Thanksgiving Weekend. Coming in second-place is Jeremy Summerson of Victory, NY. Summerson put together a solid weekend with two scores of 74 to total 148. Rounding out the top three is reigning Player of the Year, Luke Sample. Sample, of New York, N.Y., finished his weekend after scores of 81 and 72, giving him a total of 153.

Earning herself a victory in the Girls Division, and invitation into the Faldo Series U.S. Final is Mary Kate Norcross. The native of nearby Chambersburg, P.A. finished her weekend after shooting scores of 91 and 84 for a 175 finish.

Then in the Boys 14 & Under Division, Zach Locke claimed the top prize in the division, after shooting scores of 82 and 74, for a total finish of 156 for the native of Horseheads, N.Y.

Click here for the full results from this weekend.

The IJGT will resume play again next weekend, on September 9th at Radley Run Country Club for the IJGT Philly Open. To sign up for this event, or view any of our upcoming events for the Fall, click here or call (844) 779-3374.

Why Junior Golfers Make Good Lawyers

Guest Post Contributed By Casey Shomo of Casey Shomo Law

The law and golf intersect surprisingly often; not only do many lawsuits arise from negligent players and bad course conditions, but what it takes to be a good golfer in many ways also applies to being a fine lawyer.

Playing by the Rules

Just as the law is all about hard rules and regulations, golf has multiple parameters that must be met, or the player faces penalties. For instance, In the rules of golf, there are a lot of infractions that can lead to two-stroke penalties: grounding a club in the bunker, playing the wrong ball, and interfering with a moving ball are some of the no-nos. If the golfer fails to fix any of these errors before teeing off on the next hole, disqualification results. To a college golf coach, this would be a considerable red flag.

Staying Focused

Trying to up one’s game and break par is a measurable goal, and sacrifices must be made to get there. Just as it takes an incredible amount of studying to pass the bar exam—and for some, multiple attempts—without constant practice and “stick-to-it-ness,” there would be no professional circuit. Those who don’t put in the time and dedication won’t get very far, whether on the golf course or in the courtroom.

Thinking Clearly

The calm judgment it takes to win in court also applies to the golf course. According to pro golfer Jim Furyk, when hitting a shot out of a bad spot, golfers need to relax. “Most amateurs get intimidated by tough shots . . . you tense up and forget about the keys to escaping the situation you’re in,” he says. Furyk also urges golfers to keep their expectations realistic. Indeed, trying to showboat and be too risky can cost you strokes that stop you from making par.

Likewise, if you can’t stay focused at the negotiating table or in front of a jury, it can lead to a costly mistake that could blow your client’s case.

Never Giving Up

Perseverance is key to both practicing law and playing golf. Hitting in the rough, losing a ball in the water, finding evidence, proving guilt, these are all roadblocks to success for those who don’t realize that when there’s a will, there’s a way.

Staying Above the Law

In making the transition from golfer to lawyer, keep an eye on the news. A surprising number of lawsuits originate on the golf course. Anything from poor conditions to enraged or negligent golfers result in litigation. Not only are slip-and-fall accidents very common, costing courses millions for improper maintenance, so are claims that inaccurate course markers can result in players hitting people in the fairway.

Another common issue is lawsuits between friends who head out to blow off steam and end up injuring each other by not taking proper precautions. In one case, a golfer destroyed the vision in his friend’s eye. Other golfing mishaps have caused head trauma. Court defenses often contend something golfers know all too well: that the balls often do what they want to against our will. There is no saying where a stray ball will end up, but we all can take reasonable care that the potential area is clear.

Even Costco faced a lawsuit for its Kirkland golf balls. It was sued by the Titleist golf ball maker, Acushnet, for patent infringement and for false advertising.

In the end, as all lawyers know, where there are people, there are potential lawsuits. And where there are junior golfers, there are potential lawyers—some of whom could find work representing golfers in personal injury cases.

Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – Preview

Memorial Day is a special weekend for us at The International Junior Golf Tour; it’s time for the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions! Each year, Grand Cypress Golf Resort in Orlando, FL hosts the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – a 3-day, 54-hole challenge for the best of the best junior golfers we have seen compete all year. It’s the one with the most AJGA Stars, the fiercest competition, and is the great test of our year round season.

 

THE COURSE

As soon as you drive into the Grand Cypress Resort, you know you’re in for something special. The course is pristine, and for these junior golfers will be a great place to go low or be punished by the various challenges out there. We’ll be playing the Jack Nicklaus designed New Course, and here is what the Grand Cypress website has to say about it:

“The New Course adds another dimension of play to the Orlando golf course scene with steeper and more challenging bunkers and slopes. Set in the midst of an open meadow, the New Course is Jack Nicklaus’ tribute and homage to the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. This Scottish links masterpiece is complete with double greens, stone bridges and walls, gorse mounds, burns and pot bunkers as deep as 12 feet—all in the spirit of the true Scottish original. Very little water comes into play on the New Course, but when it does it will challenge you. Very few trees are located within the interior of the course, creating generous landing areas. However, an errant tee shot could find its way into one of our 150 pot bunkers.”

Click here for more.

Last Year’s Stats:

Winning Scores-

Girls Division: -2

Boys 15-19 Division: -8

Boys 14 & Under Division: E

Yardages-

Girls Division: 5880

Boys 15-19 Division: 6698

Boys 14 & Under Division: 6205

 

THE WEATHER

After suffering through stormy weather earlier in the week, the sun has officially come out in Orlando and it looks like it is here to stay through Memorial Day. Typical of Central Florida in late May, it is going to be hot this weekend.

Click here for the full forecast.

 

THE PLAYERS

There are 79 players in the field this weekend- 52 Boys 15-19, 21 Girls, and 6 Boys 14 & Under. This field includes all three of the IJGT Players of the Year, who ranked first in the order of merit for the 2016-2017 season.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Luke Sample of New York, who happens to only be 13 years old, will be facing a field a-typical of his previous IJGT appearances with the Southeastern players dominating the field. Sample has 2 wins this season in our Northeastern events. Also in the Boys 15-19 field is Southeastern Tour Championship winner, Ian Peng. Peng fired a 68-66 to win at Falcon’s Fire two weekends ago to win by 4-strokes. If he can show up in the same form this weekend, there is a definite possibility for contention.

Girls Division Player of the Year, Ying-Ting Hsieh, has shown nothing but outstanding performances this season. In her last 5 IJGT Events, she has yet to place outside of the top-5, with 2 Second Place finishes and one win. Manhua Chen and Chiara Arya are also in the field this weekend, and have consistently posted phenomenal scores this season.

Although the Boys 14 & Under Division is our smallest field, this could be some of the fiercest competition. 5 of the 6 players have been named to the All-Tournament Team (top-10 order of merit), and they are all consistently firing low number that would be impressive in any division. John Daly II just fired his fired under-par round for 18 holes in the second round of the Southeast Tour Championship to win; we will see if he can add another to his collection of 5 wins this season.

 

LEADERBOARD, CONTENT, & LIVESTREAMS

This weekend, we will be updating Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with results and updates from the course. Make sure you are following IJGT on all platforms so you don’t miss any of the action. The best way to get access to our livestreams will be on Facebook, where we will share the link as soon as the action starts Saturday morning.

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Click here to check out our photos on Instagram.

Click here to go to the event page on Bluegolf.

 

 

EVENT RECAP – Northeast Tour Championship

This weekend, the International Junior Golf Tour held The Northeast Tour Championship May 6-7, 2017 at the Hershey Country Club – East Course in Hershey, PA. Competition was a 2-round, 36-hole event with fields divided into Boys 15-19, Girls, and Boys 14 & Under Divisions.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Austin Schreffler, a current junior from Dillsburg, PA, took first place shooting 80-75 for a two-day total of 155, 13-over par. Schreffler won by two strokes, followed by Carter Nunez, a sophomore from South Orange, NJ, who shot 79-78, for a two day total of 157 (+17) in the tough conditions at Hershey. There was a third place tie between Brandon Wilson (2019, Perry Hall, MD), Richie Kline, III (2019, Kennett Square, PA)   and Jairus Gaines (2018, Baltimore, MD) at 17-over par.

Click here for the full leaderboard from the Boys 15-19 Division

 

Katherine Lu of Plainsboro, NJ took the championship in the Girls Division. The 14-year-old shot an impressive two rounds of 82-79 for a 19-over par finish, winning by 4. Trailing Lu by 4, Julianne Lee (2018) of York, PA shot 85-80 for a two day total of 23-over par. In third place, Katie James, a senior from Pittsburgh, PA shot 82-84, finishing at 24-over par for the weekend.

Click here for the full leaderboard from the Girls Division.

 

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Ryan D’Ariano (West Chester, PA) took home his fourth win of the IJGT season. After shooting 84 in the first round, D’Ariano was able to come out strong in Round 2, shooting 77 (+6) to win and finish at 19-over par for the weekend. In second place at 29-over par was Zach Locke (Horseheads, NY) who finished at 29-over par, followed by John Bradbeer (Philadelphia, PA) who finished at 30-over par.

Click here for the full leaderboard from the Boys 14 & Under Division.

The IJGT will return next weekend at Falcon’s Fire Golf Course in Kissimmee, FL for the Southeast Tour Championship. Click here to register for the event.

Did you know the winner of IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Championship gets TWELVE AJGA Stars? Learn more.